Some handy advice from The Travel Lady. Those compression sacs look extremely handy, and, since they don’t require a vacuum to operate, seem pretty ideal for travel/saving space.

The Travel Lady In Her Shoes

Traveling in the summer months is easier to pack for. Clothes weigh less and are not bulky. For any trip over seven days I take seven outfits that mix and match. Seven tops and seven slacks. And two lightweight sweaters that go with anything. Interchangeable. Period. This makes a very big wardrobe and believe me it so much easier to deal with.  To dress something up add a scarf!

The next best thing to soap is  Compression Sacs from Eagle Creek, the kind that don’t need a vacuum to suck out the air. Put your clothes  in it, and then roll the sack like you are rolling out a pie. The air escapes and it is flat as a pancake. A miracle!  You will be amazed how much you can get into these sacs! The sacs come in three sizes.  Small, medium and large.  I take one large Compression Sac…

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Don’t Skip Pisa

Don’t Skip Pisa

I’ve noticed quite regularly the “experts” on TripAdvisor suggesting people avoid an excursion to Pisa, which strikes me as unfortunate and misguided advice.  It’s a wonderful little city, and there’s a lot more to enjoy besides the obligatory holding up the tower photo op, with culinary delights pretty high on the list.

Elegant Italian.

Check out the ” il Ristoro di Frate Cipolla” blog.  Definitely on our list of places to take you for some good company and grub in Pisa.  

Pappa con Pomodoro

 

Il Ristoro di Frate Cipolla’s pappa con pomodoro

Pappa con Pomodoro

This is a great recipe–it’s interesting how Italian cuisine is often presented here in the US as expensive, prepared for the erudite, upper-crust food served with refined linens and exotic presentations by guys wearing tuxedos.  That sort of thing certainly has its place, but one of the best parts of the food you’ll experience in Italy is the rustic, simple, and non-wasteful element.  Some of the most flavorful dishes are peasant-inspired recipes passed down over generations by people who couldn’t afford to waste food.

Fresh basil, stale bread…delicious!  Think we’re making this tomorrow.

Really enjoying this blog as well. Very well written prose and nice reviews of restaurants that provide just enough to whet the appetite without burying you with info. And this part really nails it:

:What we love most about Venice is the breath of silence and peace in the calli (narrow streets) and campi (little squares), far away from the crowds of tourists. In a city with no cars, buses or subways you can only walk or take the vaporetto (ferry boat) with your hair ruffled by the wind. You will discover an old way of living that is no more part of our times.”

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The Italian Flavour

Venice is one of our favourite cities in Italy.

We always try to visit it once a year as we love to discover its hidden courtyards and peep the small gardens of its ancient palaces through the iron gates, where centuries-old trees learned how to live in this unique place in the middle of the sea.

What we love most about Venice is the breath of silence and peace in the calli (narrow streets) and campi (little squares), far away from the crowds of tourists. In a city with no cars, buses or subways you can only walk or take the vaporetto (ferry boat) with your hair ruffled by the wind. You will discover an old way of living that is no more part of our times. You can experience an atmosphere of an old-time village that unfortunately you can’t find elsewhere anymore: washing hungs out of windows and…

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Manchester City starting to regret selling Mario Balotelli?

Ya think? Forza Italia!

ninetyminutesonline

Mario Balotelli has been in scintillating form since swapping Manchester City for AC Milan; the temperamental forward has netted seven times in six games for the Rossoneri to date. Balotelli continued his hot streak of form with a wonder strike for Italy against Brazil.

Given the form Balotelli has shown of late and City’s supposed search for a new striker in the summer, Roberto Mancini may well be regretting parting company with his troubled, but talented attacker.

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